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Old 12-01-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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IMS Bearing advice

Put a deposit on 2003 Base today, under 30,000 miles. Now waiting on PPI results to finalize the deal.

Think I might have the the infamous IMS bearing replaced without delay. Thoughts from the crowd?

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Old 12-01-2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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Might as well start a poll......

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Old 12-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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2003 Base model... Low mileage... I wonder if it's a single row bearing??

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Old 12-01-2013, 06:15 PM   #4
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If you plan on keeping it more than a few years and if the clutch has not already been done, I would change it.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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My 03 had 18,000 when I bought it and took it straight to my Porsche Mechanicmand had it done. Had them do aos and a couple other things as preventative as well. Mine was the single row...
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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There is little doubt that it is a single row. I would follow in trimer's footsteps. The piece of mind will be worth it. Keep us posted.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:04 PM   #7
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Replacing it has been known to prevent nausea when clicking on IMS bearing related threads :-)...
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #8
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Personally I think its a smart move for any low mileage 2001-2004 car. If get bored with the car you can push the fact that you addressed the issue. As a buyer I would always opt for a 986 on a refreshed IMS bearing. And informed buyers are the ones who aren't coming around with terrible low ball offers.
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:46 PM   #9
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If its a 3.2 it is a single row 3 chain engine. Likely a single row even if it is not a 3.2 but I've not personally checked. It is an accidental maintenance item like a Honda timing belt. Replacing it makes sense because it can become downright annoying if it is ignored.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:10 AM   #10
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If its a base it is the 2.7 and yes, by 2003 it would be the smaller single-row IMS bearing (unless the engine has bee replaced by Porsche, in which case it could be the larger, non-replaceable single-row). If you don't mind the expense, I would say go for it.

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